Monday, May 18, 2009

That green-eyed monster & coastal cottage decor

I am always slightly envious of those bloggers that can post some fabulous and inspiring post on a daily basis with their latest, and marvelous,"trash to treasure" how-to, or the spoils from their weeked thrifting excursion, or even simply a few hints on how their perfectly coiffed homes became, well, perfectly coiffed. I would love for this to be one of those posts, but, alas, it is not. Shocking, I know, but my home is not perfectly decorated, my pillows have not been karate chopped, I still have fake flower arrangements (okay, some of you may need to pick yourselves off the floor after that last confession of a major faux pas), I have a menagerie of half-finished projects bursting forth from every closet in the house, my almost-3-year-old daughter still sleeps in her crib because I haven't completed (or even started) her "bed" project yet, my freshly painted walls (of which are about to be re-freshly painted) don't even match my curtains (gasp!), and frankly, I don't know when any of it will be done. Is anyone in the same boat? Do you have projects, rooms or even entire homes that are not only not finished (I mean, who ever really is FINISHED with decorating their home), but that you sit and stare at and go, "Will I ever get done?"

SIDEBAR: I did present my "designer's challenge" corkboard o' ideas to the hubs and nearly squeeled with glee that he like it. That being said it is simply a matter of $ that I am able to complete "the vision". Yes, I have named it.
So, all of that being said, since I do not have the funds for such extravagant things as curtains, paint and accessories, I have been scrubbing cabinets, trimming trees, baking, reorganizing like a maniac, and trying to come up with ways to repurpose some of my old things that are collecting dust. None of these things are blogworthy, therefore, I won't bore you with pictures.
Speaking of pictures, I have a real "thing" for picture frames. I love them. I love pictures. I don't even care of whom. Seriously, if you meet me for the first time, I am not even slightly annoyed when looking at the 42 pictures of your children that you have crammed in that insanely, ridiculously, ginormous wallet of yours. I will be thrilled, genuinely thrilled to look at them. It is even worse at people's homes. I will stare at a wall of pictures for hours and "oohhh" and "ahhhh" over little kids with crooked bangs and missing teeth. Anywho, this picture frame thing has me in a tizzy. I have way too many frames, way too many pictures, and nothing on the wall. I can't commit to hanging any of them. I don't know how or where to begin. It really is a problem.
Well, I have enclosed some gorgeous pictures of homes that I want mine to look like. I am not at all original. All of my friends know this. I steal every good idea I ever have. I guess it wouldn't really be "my idea", but you know what I mean. I can copy someone else like nobody's business, and I am proud of it. That is where all of the best ideas come from...somebody else. HA! Anyway, here goes... (sorry the pics are small..they all came from Coastal Living Idea Houses over at This, as well as Traditional Home are my new faves since Country Home and Cottage Living bit the dust...may they rest in peace...I am still heartbroken...